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KEEP IT SIMPLE : Developing a Discipleship Pathway

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INTRODUCTION
The Forbes.com’s number 1 Business Book of 2016 was, KEEP IT SIMPLE: Unclutter Your Mind to Uncomplicate Your Life written by Joe Calloway. The book challenges us to resist the temptation to overcomplicate things and to boil things down to the essence of what matters most. It confronts our natural almost unnoticed tendency to drift towards complexity or away from the purpose for which we exist. It takes some continued resolve to keep it simple and focused.

Calloway’s advice is to boil things down to three simple rules, like the large national trucking company that reduced things to three simple rules:

  • Pick it up when you said you would.

LEADERS ARE READERS Read to have fellowship with great minds.

J Oswald Sanders 1983 - CopyWith my wife Sue, in 1983, and Mr J. Oswald Sanders,
whose books have had a profound impact on my life.

John Wesley knew the importance of reading good books when he exhorted the younger ministers of the Wesleyan Society to “either read or get out of the ministry.” Obviously Wesley had a passion for reading in the midst of a very busy life. Most of his reading was done on horseback. Often he rode 80 kilometres (50 miles) and sometimes 145 kilometres (90 miles) in a day. His habit was to ride with a volume of science or history or medicine propped on his saddle. In the process he …

INSIGHT……that separates leaders from followers (part2)

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Some of the great breakthroughs in life for me have come, not because circumstances changed, or people around me changed, but rather because I changed. I started to see people and circumstances differently. I had new insight and in the process I was developing an intuitiveness that gave me a new cutting edge to the way I would approach the calling that had been entrusted to me.

I began to believe that God had a unique plan for my life, and that like Jesus, I only needed to do what I saw the Father doing (John 5:19). Gradually life became more of an adventure and I was being set free …

INSIGHT……that separates leaders from followers (part1)

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When 12 spies were sent by Moses to explore Canaan, 10 of them returned with a discouraging report. They saw a land with powerful people and large fortified cities, and strongly discouraged the people from entering the land. Caleb and Joshua saw the same land differently and strongly encouraged the people to go up and take possession of the land. Twelve people had sight but only two had insight.

INSIGHT is a critical quality that characterises great leaders and the decisions they make. It separates leaders from followers and great leaders from ordinary leaders and can be defined as perspective, intuition, vision and discernment. However, insight can be compromised …